How to Watch Week 4 + Game Previews
By John Krolik, @krolikjohn July 7, 2022
TUNE IN ON FRIDAY ON VYRE OR DAZN AT 8:00 PM EST FOR BIVOUAC VS. TRIPLETS, WHICH WILL BE FOLLOWED BY GHOST BALLERS VS. KILLER 3’S AT 9:00 PM. AT 10:00 PM EST, POWER VS. 3’S COMPANY WILL FINISH THE DAY.
ON SUNDAY, THE GAMES WILL START AT 3:00 PM EST ON CBS AND PARAMOUNT PLUS WHEN THE ALIENS PLAY TRILOGY. AT 4:00 EST, THE 3 HEADED MONSTERS WILL PLAY ENEMIES. AT 5:00 EST, THE BALL HOGS WILL PLAY TRI STATE TO CLOSE OUT THE WEEKEND.
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD VYRE AND DAZN, TWO STREAMING SERVICES THAT HAVE PARTNERED WITH THE BIG3, HERE:
YOU CAN ALSO WATCH ALL 3 OF THE FRIDAY GAMES ON THE BIG3 YOUTUBE CHANNEL.
GAME 1: TRIPLETS VS. BIVOUAC
Bivouac (0-3) are the only winless team remaining in the league, but they really haven’t played badly. All of their losses have come by exactly three points, and Gerald Green has established himself as one of the best players in the league. Unfortunately, when you’re looking to snap a losing streak in the BIG3, Iso-Joe and Co. are not the people you want to see on your schedule.
Johnson, the two-time MVP, has been rolling this season, and has scored 30 points in two of the Triplets’ (2-1) first three games. With the outside shooting of the Pargo brothers and the size and energy of Alonzo Gee serving as his supporting cast, the 2019 League Champions look poised to make another run at the trophy. This will be an uphill battle for Bivouac, whose chances at a playoff run are already looking slim, but the Green-Johnson matchup should produce some fireworks.
GAME 2: GHOST BALLERS VS. KILLER 3’S
If nothing else, this gives us the matchup of Mike Taylor and Franklin “Frank Nitty” Session, two of the fastest players in the league who play with maximum effort at all times. The trio of Taylor, Chris Johnson, and Darnell Jackson has been clicking all season.
If it wasn’t for a remarkable comeback by Trilogy in Week 3, the Ghost Ballers (2-1) would be the only undefeated team right now, and they may have too much for Frank Nitty, Donte Greene, and the rest of the Killer 3’s (1-2). They play with the passion you’d expect out of a team coached by Charles Oakley, but didn’t show much firepower in their losses in Week 2 and Week 3.
GAME 3: POWER VS. 3’S COMPANY
Power is on the wrong end of a two-game losing streak, and it hasn’t been hard to see the source of their struggles. The team moves the ball well, plays with intelligence and energy, isn’t afraid to get physical, and has serious size, but they’ve struggled mightily with their shooting.
They made just four threes in Weeks 2 and 3 combined, they’ve had issues at the free throw line, and in Week 3 they even missed some shots right at the basket. If Power can get those shots to fall, they’ll be in good shape, but it’s essentially impossible to win games without putting the ball in the basket.
Meanwhile, 3’s Company remains hyper-reliant on the offensive talents of Michael Beasley. When Beasley’s on, that works just fine because he has the skill to be an unstoppable force. When Beasley isn’t feeling it, the offense stagnates and 3’s Company generally finds themselves in trouble. (note: Beasley suffered an ankle injury late in week 3’s game, and will be a game-time decision against Power.) As simple as it sounds, this game is probably going to come down to whether or not the shots are falling.
SUNDAY ON CBS AND PARAMOUNT+
GAME 1: TRILOGY VS. ALIENS
This should be a good one. Trilogy (2-1) has to be riding high after their incredible comeback win over the Ghost Ballers in Week 3. Isaiah Briscoe looks like a budding star. Earl Clark and Amir Johnson give Trilogy one of the most imposing frontlines in the league. Captain James White has gone scoreless in the last two games, but he’s still a tremendous asset on defense and is due for a bounce-back game offensively.
Meanwhile, the Aliens (2-1) were finally at full strength in Week 3, and with their three European stars orchestrating the team’s beautiful motion offense and Deshawn Stephens looking like a beast down low, this team looks dangerous. This should be a great matchup of Trilogy’s physicality and the Aliens’ constant movement.
GAME 2: 3 HEADED MONSTERS VS. ENEMIES
Neither of these teams will be at full strength. 3 Headed Monsters (2-1) will be without Rashard Lewis once again due to personal reasons. For the Enemies (2-1), Week 2 Player of the Week Elijah Stewart will miss the game due to his participation in the NBA Summer League as a member of the Pelicans’ team.
The Enemies were able to win without Stewart in Week 3 due to team Captain Nick “Swaggy P” Young finding his stroke, finishing with 17 points and 4 made threes, and Jordan Crawford, whom the Enemies signed to replace Stewart, came right in and scored 11 points of his own. It’ll be important to see if those were one-off performances or if Young and Crawford will continue to be reliable sources of offense.
The 3 Headed Monsters used a combination of size and Kevin Murphy to defeat 3’s Company in Week 3. They were consistently able to control the paint on both ends, and the ever-aggressive Murphy poured in 30 points. It’s as solid a formula as any, and I would expect them to stick to it in Week 4.
GAME 3: TRI STATE VS. BALL HOGS
This is the story of two teams that completely turned it around once they got their Captains back. Tri State (2-1) were without Jason Richardson in Week 1 due to health and safety protocols, but since his return in Week 2 they’ve been unstoppable.
On the Ball Hogs’ (1-2) side of things, Leandro Barbosa missed Week 1 due to his responsibilities as a Player Development Coach with the Warriors, and still didn’t quite look like himself in Week 2. In Week 3, the Brazilian Blur was all the way back. He sliced through the Triplets’ defense at will, and many of his 24 points came right at the rim.
Co-Captain Jodie Meeks had a fantastic game as well. With the Triplets scrambling to stop Barbosa, the sharpshooting Meeks ended up with some great looks, and finished with 18 points and four made three-pointers. This should be one heck of a duel to wrap up the weekend.